Tremoctopus violaceus Uses Physalia Tentacles as Weapons

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Science  22 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3556, pp. 764-766
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3556.764


Immature octopods (Tremoctopus violaceus) have been found with numerous fragments of tentacles of the coelenterate Physalia attached to the suckers of their dorsal arms. The probable method of acquisition, the evidence of adaptation for holding the tentacles, and the possibility that the octopod uses these coelenterate tentacles as offensive and defensive weapons are discussed.

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